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Mathematics

Science




MATHS



 

The essence of Mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. ~S. Gudder



 

Matthew: Head of Mathematics

Biography

After graduating at the University of Cambridge in  Mathematics and Education Studies, I spent a year training as a teacher of Mathematics and  began my teaching career in 2008 whilst pursuing a Masters degree in Mathematics Education.

My passion for Mathematics is transmitted through my teaching, where I help each student obtain the necessary skills and confidence to reach their full potential for exams and beyond. My approach has always been to encourage each student to engage their curiosity when learning, as the conceptual understanding and application of what is being learnt is paramount when viewing the world through the eyes of a Mathematician. I believe many mathematical topics should be taught and learnt through problem solving. It helps develop each student's understanding of Mathematics as requiring more than just rote learning, and more being about reasoning and experimenting. Putting students in challenging situations where the route to a solution is not immediately obvious is valuable in helping to develop their application and thinking skills, which are pivotal in doing well in any exams.

By using a variety of resources, such as interactive electronic lesson slides, mathematical games, hands-on objects, exclusive past entrance and exam papers, each student develops the essential skills required to assist them in confidently understanding and solving each mathematical problem.

Experience

I have been Director of Exceptional Mathematics for the past three years. Prior to this, I was Head of Mathematics at an elite Prep School in the Borough of Chelsea and Westminster, where I developed and oversaw the Mathematics Programme up to Common Entrance as well as managed a team of teachers.  

I have eight years teaching experience in both the State and Independent sectors and specialise in Key Stage 2 to 4. This includes preparation for SAT, 11+, 13+ and GCSE. As a teacher and Head of Department, I was rated as 'outstanding' when observed by Ofsted and Senior Leaders.

I always strive to find exciting and innovative pedagogies to engage my students. We play mathematical games, solve a variety
of problems and relate the subject to practical situations, but at the same time, we do not lose focus on the learning objective in each lesson. During my time teaching at schools, I led projects which drew links between Mathematics, Science and English for students. I also ran numerous mathematical events, such as the Probability Fair, Pi Day and World Maths Day.

Interests

When not teaching, I spend time finding and creating mathematical resources which will engage my students' learning. I travel extensively as much as I can and I keep fit by going to the gym. Having reached grade 5 piano, I enjoy music and often attend concerts and musicals. Being a keen sportsman, I also love participating and watching a variety of sports.



 

Alan: Deputy Head of Mathematics

Biography

I spent the first half of my life growing up in Germany, which included German schooling, before moving to London at the age of 15.  Even whilst at school, fellow classmates (and teachers) suggested I should consider teaching as a career, since I appeared to have an aptitude for explaining difficult concepts clearly and, when necessary, in a variety of ways.  As teenagers invariably do, I promptly dismissed their suggestions and went on to receive my Masters of Physics degree from Warwick University with honours.  At this point I decided to spend some time volunteering overseas, which is where I got my first taste of teaching.  Upon my return, I decided to train as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher, came to realise that I absolutely loved it and never looked back.

Experience

So pleased were my PGCE training schools with my progress that both offered me a position immediately. Within one year of teaching I was promoted to Deputy Head of Mathematics, where I had the opportunity to work as Key Stage 3, 4 and 5, as well as ICT, Coordinator.

After six years of teaching Mathematics in London, I decided to move to Spain to broaden my experience.  I worked in a British international independent school teaching International GCSEs and A-Levels.  They, too, offered me the position of Deputy Head of Mathematics one year later and followed it up with Head of Mathematics the year after that.

I spent the next couple of years restructuring our assessment policy, which was heavily focussed on mindless testing. Instead I wanted to free up some class time in an already cramped curriculum to give my staff the opportunity to explore and investigate.  I also introduced group projects to stimulate an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, as well as long term assignments to encourage independent thinking and mathematical resilience. We asked students and parents for feedback, which was overwhelmingly positive, as they reported an overall rise in the level of engagement and enjoyment with the subject.

I have taught all ages and abilities, both in a classroom setting and one-to-one, from the basics of Year 7 through to Further Mathematics A-Level, with a particular love for algebra.  I want my pupils to feel comfortable enough to make mistakes and confident enough to explore them.  I also constantly prompt pupils to ask the question, 'Why?'  I believe these to be two of the most powerful tools in Mathematics education.  I relish exploring the subject deeper, beyond the superficial, and linking various topics into one comprehensible big picture, while investigating real-world applications.


Other Interests

I am a keen outdoorsman and have hiked my way across Spain and, most recently, 3000 km across Japan, exclusively on foot. Slovenia is next on the list... I am also passionate about languages, filmmaking, photography, food and DIY. I enjoy keeping fit and have a black belt in karate.


 


 

Nick: Mathematics

Biography

I grew up in London and thoroughly love living in this exciting city. I was able to achieve straight A grades and graduated with a First-Class Degree in Mathematics with Economics from the University of Sussex. During my time at secondary school, I was fortunate enough to have some inspiring teachers, who not only taught me subject content, but made me fall in love with learning. My own experience made me truly realise the impact an effective teacher can have on students’ lives and led me to a career in teaching. 

During my time as a secondary school teacher, I have not only taught Mathematics but also Computer Science. Even though I was new to this subject area, I accepted the challenge and developed an appreciation for computer programming. This led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Data Science at King’s College London which has taught me to use programming as a tool to apply Mathematics in order to solve problems in real life. In a technologically evolving world, this additional skill will be very useful.

Experience

After completing my undergraduate degree, I joined Twyford C of E High School; one of the best performing state schools in London. I was exclusively trained by the Twyford Trust as a School’s Direct Trainee and as a result, I was exposed to phenomenal training in all aspects of teaching, finishing the programme and graded as an outstanding practitioner. 
Part way through my training year, I was presented with the exciting and unique opportunity of joining a brand-new school called William Perkin C of E High School which was opened by Twyford Trust. Being involved in developing the curriculum from scratch allowed me to grow a deep knowledge of the curriculum and become an expert lesson planner. Over time, I became recognised as a very skilled teacher, particularly in areas like assessment for learning, differentiation and behaviour management.
I have recently focussed my efforts on tutoring younger students for exams such as the 11+. Success on the 11+ exams for a student is life changing. Helping students to get into top private or grammar schools in the country completely changes the trajectory of their lives. My aim as a tutor is not only to help students achieve this, but also to inspire them to develop a love for learning, consolidating the foundations and filling in any gaps so that they can achieve their full potential in Mathematics.

 

Other interests

Whilst I have a range of interests, my passions are generally centred around logic and strategy! I am a keen Chess enthusiast and enjoy playing a variety of different board games with friends. Whilst developing my programming skills through my masters I have enjoyed creating code on Python and have even created a Pacman game which is able to learn from its environment to always win. I like keeping fit and enjoy a game of competitive basketball or heading down to the park to practice landscape photography.



 

Arundhati: Mathematics 

Biography

After working in the investment banking industry for 12 years in Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong, I wanted to work in the field of education. In order to find out if it really was my true calling, I took a career stint working as a Teaching Assistant. At the end of this stint, I discovered that I would love to be a facilitator of learning. I really enjoyed making a difference to young people’s learning attitudes. I found the school environment extremely stimulating. When I was faced with the task of explaining binomial multiplication, a concept I thought I understood well, to a pupil who could not grasp the rationale behind the mechanics; I needed to go back to basics, reflect, simplify and show it visually as a problem of area calculation with the terms in the expression as sides of a rectangle. It was an enriching experience for me too. Finally, I felt part of an enthusiastic community where I was enjoying my contributions so much that it felt more like a calling rather than a ‘job’. 
 

Experience

To satisfy my passion of working with young people, in 2015, I joined the TeachFirst programme to become a qualified teacher of Mathemaitcs. This gave me an opportunity to gain knowledge on different approaches to learning, reflect on my teaching practises and assessment of pupils; thereby enabling me to become an effective teacher. I have explored how various teaching methods, like exploration and instruction, progressive and traditional, creative and imitative, could be blended to optimise pupils’ learning. I have planned engaging lessons with innovative activities.

I adopt a tailored approach to tutoring that addresses the individual needs of the students - whether it be strengthening their subject knowledge, learning how to answer exam-style questions, or simply providing them with revision strategies that are more effective. I use my extensive knowledge, understanding of learning styles and preferences, and individual strengths to help learners to engage with maths. I am also able to contextualise the relevance of maths within the working world and have an extensive professional network I can draw upon to provide additional insight and guidance across a variety of career choices. I have tutored students for 7+, 11+, 13+ and GCSE Maths.

 

Other interests

I am also a parent and have prepared my son (who loves Maths) for academically selective schools. With my teaching, he has successfully gained entry through 7+ and currently studies at St Paul’s Juniors School. 
I love travelling around the world. I take great pleasure in cooking and I am excited about trying to cook recipes from different cuisines.



 

Mimi: Mathematics

Biography

Growing up, I loved both the logical and satisfying nature of problem-solving in mathematics and the creativity and freedom of writing and studying literature, so I enjoyed mathematics and English in equal measure. After studying both subjects at A Level, I struggled to decide which I would pursue at university – so I took a gap year, during which time I spent some months working as a teaching assistant at a West London independent school. I went on to read English at University College London, tutoring GCSE students in mathematics and English as a weekend job. After graduating with my BA (Hons), I spent a year working as Director of Studies in English at a tuition centre, before deciding to pursue a teaching career and being accepted onto the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. 

When I was asked to train as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher on the programme, I was excited by the opportunity to reconnect with my passion for mathematics after four years of focussing on English. I completed the programme in a West London Academy for children aged 11-18, while gaining my PGCE at the UCL Institute of Education. 

Experience

Currently, I work at as a Mathematics Teacher at the same school and a Key Stage 3 Transition Coordinator, specialising in helping Key Stage 3 students develop the problem solving skills they need to access the GCSE curriculum. My personal approach to tutoring stems from the importance of giving the students the tools and the knowledge needed to achieve success. I have accomplished a good rapport with my students on an individual basis through tutoring and have helped them to achieve excellent exam results. 


Other interests

In my free time I like to throw myself into various creative outlets: I enjoy photography, painting and creative writing, and I am passionate about interior design. I’m also a keen seamstress and I love sourcing vintage clothing to rework on my sewing machine

 

 


 

Peter: Mathematics

Biography

Born and raised in London, I moved at the age of 18 to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Queen’s University, Belfast where I earned a first-class degree. After finishing my studies in Northern Ireland, I moved to Boston in America where I completed a Masters in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I then travelled to South Korea to teach before moving back to London to prepare a PhD application for Cambridge University within the field of Education. Throughout this time, I have continually taught Mathematics to a range of students preparing to take exams. I specialize in providing clear and easy to understand explanations which unpack the dense topics which young people struggle to get to grips with. All of my students show great progress - both in their confidence and exam results. It is not unusual for them to jump two or three grades higher than they were originally aiming for. 
 

Experience

I have over 5 years’ experience teaching Mathematics, both privately and within schools. I have taught a range of students from 6 to 18 year olds, including one-to-one, small groups and whole classes. I have experience with a broad range of exams including 11+ school entrance exams, GCSEs and A-levels. I have successfully helped students gain admissions into various prestigious schools such as Godolphin & Latymer, Whitgift, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies College, Dulwich College, Alleyn’s, etc.

 In addition, I have also taught a range of students with learning difficulties including those with autism, dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. With all my students, I tailor my approach to their needs and level to ensure that they have the optimum space to grow to their full potential.  
 

Other Interests

.Apart from teaching, I have a range of other interests. I am a keen long distance runner, an undercover Arsenal fan and I enjoy travelling and living in other countries. I speak Spanish and enjoy cooking (and eating even more!). 

 

Alex J-L: Mathematics

Biography

I am a recent University College London graduate having achieved a BSc in Mathematics. I have always had a deep passion for the subject and it has been something I’ve wanted to accomplish from a young age to help answer the endless questions I had about the world around me. The urge to tackle problems extends to helping others develop their natural curiosity, applying it to real-life, relatable situations to personalise the learning experience for students. 
 

Teaching Experience

I have been tutoring GCSE and A-level Mathematics (and Physics) for two years. As well as helping my students get the required grades for their further education, I have been able to create an engaging atmosphere, sharing experiences and lessons to build trust and support. 

Over the last three years I have also invigilated for a variety of exams ranging from IELTS to ABRSM’s instrument exams, with candidates aged as young as 3. I have witnessed all types of nerves triggered by exam stress so I have been able to develop the skills to make candidates feel at ease during a test day. I therefore believe the need to equip my own students with exam techniques and strategies, especially for my younger tutees, when it comes to sitting these 11+ exams.
 

 

Interests

I have a great passion for anything with wheels and/or an engine, having most recently ridden my motorcycle around 9 countries in two weeks, covering 3000 miles, and camping every day of the trip! And whilst not as adrenaline-inducing, I am also a keen baker.





SCIENCE

 

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. ~Albert Einstein

 

Alex L: Mathematics & Science

Biography

I completed my secondary education in Nottinghamshire, before coming to London as an undergraduate to study Astrophysics at King’s College London. It was here that I was also introduced to the sport of fencing, and I eventually qualified as an instructor in the sport. It was my love of teaching fencing which first made me think about using my degree to teach, and it persuaded me to finally quit working in the nascent internet industry and retrain as a Science teacher. Along the way I have been an author of science fiction stories (most notably Doctor Who), a UK top 50 epeeist and recently gained a PhD in Cosmology.
 

 

Teaching Experience

IWhile attending King’s College London for a second time for my PGCE I quickly abandoned my earliest notion, that I would only teach adults in sixth form, since I found teaching children both challenging and extremely rewarding. My NQT year was spent at the Jew’s Free School, at the time in Camden, before teaching at the London Nautical School as the Head of Physics. 

After completing my thesis I moved to Naples for three months teaching Mathematics at an international school for students aged 11 to 16. This reminded me the dynamic and rewards in teaching the younger years. I therefore returned to London to begin teaching at the Roche School, for the past three years and continue to do so, focusing on 11+ Mathematics for years 5 and 6, ensuring each student achieve the demanding level of the 11+ exams set by a different schools. I also ran Mathematics booster classes for children all the way down to Year 1.
 

 

Interests

I  am a fencer, with epee being my weapon of choice. I also write science fiction short stories and have recently branched out into making YouTube videos on my various hobbies and interests, including fencing and fight choreography in films. I play guitar and sing and have used these skills to help out students with various music technology A-level projects in the past. I am also continuing to research in Cosmology and other cross-discipline areas.



 

Wahid: Maths & Science

Biography

I am charismatic young person with a keen interest in Computer Science and Astrophysics and my specialty is teaching mathematics and physics to students of all ages. I studied Astrophysics through the Natural Sciences Tripos at Magdalene College, Cambridge and Computer Science at UCL.

I consider myself a people person as I always relish opportunities to interact with others and hear the unique insight everyone has to offer. Indeed, I regularly adapt lesson plans based on my interactions with a student to come up with a method of teaching best suited to them. I have trained students who required prolonged tuition over the period of a year as well as those who required training for only one month to cram for upcoming exams. As such, I have gained a wealth of experience following a dynamic teaching style that is structured to give the most to a student out of the time available. I especially make sure not to teach maths and physics for the sake of teaching maths and physics, but rather I aim to bring out the passion one can have for the subject from the student, as I firmly believe passion is the best way of ensuring success.

Experience

Having had four years experience as tutoring one-to-one in Mathematics and Physics, I have been working with Exceptional Academics since last July. Additionally, I have taught Key Stage 2 Mathematics and Science at a Saturday School. During my tenure with Exceptional Academics, I have tutored GCSE Mathematics & Physics and conducted 11+ interviews.

Other Interests

When I am not busy honing my programming skills, I like to read books as well as play significant amounts of pool. I also had the opportunity to compete in several division 1 leagues as the Captain of the Magdalene College Pool Team. I am also a big fan of badminton which I play regularly. Whilst I was in school I used to play a lot of piano, but as of a couple of years ago, I have now also started to learn playing the guitar. My professional work outside of academia/teaching was generally as a software developer at various companies.



 

Tasnia: Mathematics & Science

Biography

I am currently a final year medical student at King’s College London. My passion for learning and academic excellence is an attitude I like to inspire in all my students; I believe everyone can achieve top grades if they know how to approach a subject! Despite my career in Medicine, my love for Mathematics and English have never wavered and I would have loved to study these subjects at university!

I have been tutoring Mathematics since I was 16 years old to students as young as Key Stage one to A-levels. Having achieved 11 A*s at GCSE and A*AAA in English, Biology, Maths and Chemistry at A-Level, I found that understanding and explaining complex concepts was almost second nature to me. 

 

Teaching Experience

I have been tutoring Mathematics since 2009 where I have had experience teaching a range of students of different abilities. I see Mathematics as a ladder where it is imperative to have the foundations fully secure in order to attain harder concepts and skills. My proudest achievement was when I taught GCSE Mathematics to a group of 20 students, all of whom achieved A* under my tutorship. I was in charge of planning and delivering each lesson, providing feedback to students and parents, identifying their strengths and weaknesses in order to improve and achieve their goals.

I have been working with Exceptional Academics since they started. Our philosophy, which I really love, is to teach beyond the exams so that a love of the subject is fostered in each of our students as it was for me. In addition to helping children achieve top grades in national board exams, I have had vast experience in the 11+ exams and helped students gain admission to schools such as Latymer Upper, Dulwich College, Trinity School, Whitgift School, Francis Holland, etc.

 

Other Interests

 

I love to read! I’m also a writer- quite partial to a good spot of poetry and perhaps a classic novel or two. Outside of academia, I love playing tennis even though my backhand can be shockingly bad!


 
 
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